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Hard Drive Failures Make Me Sad Pt1

Hard Drive Failures Make Me Sad Pt1

It’s the first rule of computers. Back up. 2 is 1 and 1 is none. So what does that mean if you have no backups? That’s right, I said it. I, IT Manager by trade, did NOT have any backups on my main work laptop. No before I’m strung up by the collective IT workers of the world, let me try and “explain” (if I can), the reasons for my choices.

My former main laptop was a MacBook Pro, 15″, 2015 model. And that was using an offsite backup through Mozy. My work provide’s Mozy accounts, it’s not my favorite offsite backup software, but it’s not the worst. The Mac client leaves a little to be desired, but as a company of mostly Windows machines, it suffices. Since switching to Ubuntu 17.04 I decided I didn’t need a backup, since this was only meant to be temporary.

In addition to using Mozy to backup documents, I have a 100GB inbox in Exchange Online for one email, and a GSuite account for another email address. That means emails can live in my inbox folders, and I don’t need to deal with the wonderful file format that is PSTs. GSuite also includes unlimited Google Drive, and I also have a TB of Dropbox storage, so, cloud/someone else’s computer for the win? With that said, setting up a new computer is rather easy. Log into my password manager, sync Dropbox/Google Drive and I have most of what I need.

Well, there’s another twist to this story. And this also involves my stupidity. Last week my laptop decided that crawling was the new high speed, and running sudo apt-get update started failing. Not the standard, error “couldn’t lock file” message that I’ve received with an incomplete update or install/uninstall. Random error messages that I wasn’t quite sure of. When in doubt, reboot!

After a restart, I was presented with…initramfs. That was it. Maybe…one more reboot? No, no luck. We were stuck at init, and that was it. Did I mention I was in the middle of a weekday, in the midst of a vendor meeting no less? Great. So, hard drive issues maybe? An hour of fsck later and I was back, maybe a little sluggish but up and running none the less. I’ll get through the day and figure it out tomorrow, right?